Hiking is one of my favorite things in the world to do. I reach a point when hiking where it turns into a high for me, where, if I want to, I can go as far as I want.
I recently decided that I am making it a goal to hike the Appalachian Trail by myself beginning in March 2020. As of right now, my goal is to thru-hike it from Georgia to Maine, however I know that things change once on the trail.
According to an article posted on REI, of all the 2,000-mile-hikers only 25% are women.
So, I want to be one of those women.
I decided to push it back a few years so I can prepare, both financially and physically. I’ve read that most people plan to spend about $1,000 a month on the trail, which typically takes 5-6 months to finish. On top of that, I have to be ready with the correct gear which definitely adds up quickly.
I am not in great shape (also not in bad shape). I have never hiked 20 miles a day for months straight. I do not plan on this being easy. I am 24 years old and by the time I start this hike I will be 26. I want to do something completely for myself and enjoy nature one-on-one.
I really want to do it for the challenge of it all. To hike 2,200 miles through 14 states will definitely be at the top of my life accomplishments list.
But, I also want to do it to meet some amazing people along the way. From what I have watched and seen (been watching a lot of Homemade Wanderlust), the AT has an amazing community not only of fellow hikers, but also the people who live along the trail, welcoming people in and helping them when they can.
This is a big deal for me. I am extremely excited and nervous to learn a lot and train myself. Less than two years to go.
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